George RR Martin loves working on Game of Thrones, but is often pained when his books have to be trimmed down in order to fit within the constraints of the show. In a recent interview with the New York Times, he said that he wished HBO would allow him to have 13 episodes a season rather than 10, as there would be more time to flesh out the characters and world the way he does in the books.
Martin remembered one example of when HBO had to cut something seemingly small back in season one. It was a great scene between Arya and Sansa.
“The Starks are traveling to King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, with the royal family. The sisters Sansa and Arya Stark are invited to tea and lemon cakes with Queen Cersei, but Arya wants to go hunt for rubies with the butcher’s boy. And the sisters argue about it. Mr. Martin said he misses the scene because it adds texture and helps establish early on the characters of and relationship between the sisters. Though not in the show, the scene was used as part of the successful auditions for Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, and Maisie Williams, who is Arya.”
Fortunately, thanks to magic of the internet, we actually have access to both Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams’ audition tapes, so we can essentially recreate the lost scene for ourselves. You can check it out below:
I think Williams does a great job, and it’s no wonder she got the part of Arya with an audition like that. Turner seems a bit more stiff and unsure of herself, but the foundation is there and I think no one would argue that she hasn’t done a great job in the show.
The finale is this weekend, and then we march into season five wondering just how the show will collide with the dwindling source material of the books.
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